If you’ve been doing business in this hyper-connected world long enough, then you’ve likely encountered spam e-mails more than once. If you haven’t, you’re either ultra-protected or still painfully oblivious to e-mail.
Spam as a term doesn’t have an exact definition, since people have their own subjective interpretation of the term. In general, however, spam e-mails are those you didn’t ask for but receive, anyway. They are sent in bulk, often by senders you don’t even know. Still, there’s quite a grey area between “not spam” and “spam” territory—not all e-mails you asked for isn’t spam, and not all you didn’t ask for is spam.
Do you own a small business? If you do, then you might be resting comfortably in the knowledge that cybercriminals from around the world won’t bother with you. After all, you’re a small-scale entrepreneur, so why would they want to target you?
The truth, however, is that hackers nowadays simply don’t care where the money comes from; what matters to them is that they get it. Unscrupulous individuals would seize identity, credentials, and information even from small businesses given the chance. Data from the National Cyber Security Alliance backs this up: one in five small businesses fall prey to cybercriminals each year, with 60 percent of victims going out of business within a mere six months after an attack.